Luminar Neo Has Been Officially Released

This time, we have prepared something special for our customers. Now users can choose between a 1-year subscription and a lifetime license of Luminar Neo. Offer details are below:

1-year subscription
Luminar Neo 1 seat for $59
Luminar Neo 2 seats for $79

Lifetime license
Luminar Neo 1 seat for $79
Luminar Neo 2 seats for $99

Lifetime license offer for users who own Luminar or Aurora
Luminar Neo 1 seat for $59
Luminar Neo 2 seats for $69

Subscription includes
⚬ All future updates
⚬ All new feature add-ons
⚬ Workflow designed for creative phot editing
⚬ Unique AI tools to simplify repetitive tasks
⚬ Builtin library of Textures & Overlays
⚬ 30-day money back guarantee
⚬ 24/7 technical support

Lifetime license includes
⚬ Update with AI Masking and Portrait Background Removal
⚬ Performance and stability updates
⚬ Workflow designed for creative photo editing
⚬ Built-in library of Textures & Overlays
⚬ Unique AI tools to simplify repetitive tasks
⚬ Lifetime license
⚬ 30-day money back guarantee
⚬ 24/7 technical support

Press Release
NEW YORK, NY – February 17, 2022 — Skylum announces Luminar Neo, our newest AI-driven photo editor, is now shipping. Luminar Neo introduces several unique AI technologies to the market: RelightAI, Powerline Removal and Dust Spot Removal. These technologies significantly change the way photos are edited, allowing creative professionals to tell visual stories in new ways while making it easier to bring their unique ideas to life.

“There is a fine line between the photo you took and the photo you imagined. Often, small details make the difference. In Luminar Neo, we’ve built an editor to help you create the photo you imagined.” — Ivan Kutanin, Skylum CEO

Experience the power of the Luminar Engine
The Luminar Engine was built from the ground up to help creatives do more. Using artificial intelligence it analyzes your photos to unlock new, AI-driven editing possibilities:

RelightAI builds a precise 3D Depth Map of the 2D image to provide quick, targeted control of scene lighting, allowing artists to:

  • Independently adjusting lighting and color warmth for far and near objects across the scene.
  • Help easily fix portraits where the foreground subject is underexposed.

RelightAI isolates problem areas for correction, leaving the rest of the image untouched. Combine RelightAI with other scene aware tools and photographers can precisely adjust the lighting of any photo.

Remove Dust Spots — Automatically identify and seamlessly remove small artifacts, like dust spots, from every photo with the help of AI.

Remove Power Lines — Uses AI to automatically identify and effortlessly remove power lines from landscape photographs to create a pristine image free from clutter.

Layers — Combine different images into unique compositions and include new elements from built-in overlays and object libraries.

Presets — Instant style changes designed by professional photographers of every stripe. Or, build and save your own unique looks for reuse on future shoots.

Performance Gains*
Luminar Neo is significantly faster than LuminarAI for complex photo editing tasks. Driven by the new Luminar engine, artists can now enjoy the following performance gains.


  • Image export time now 86% faster
  • Switching time between effects now 35% faster
  • Switching time from Catalog mode to Edit mode now 15% faster
  • RAW opening process time now, on average, 61% faster
    • RAF (Fuji) 75% faster
    • CR2 (Canon) 53% faster
    • NEF (Nikon) 58% faster
    • ARW (Sony) 51% faster
  • Peak memory consumption when exporting images now 18% less


  • Switching from Catalog mode to Edit mode now 17% faster
  • RAW opening process time now, on average, 20% faster
    • RAF (Fuji) 24% faster
    • CR2 (Canon) 31% faster
    • NEF (Nikon) 28% faster
    • ARW (Sony) 42% faster
  • Adding a new folder to the Catalog now 69% faster

*Tests were conducted by Skylum in February 2022 on such devices: MacBook Pro 2020, M1 CPU, 8Gb Ram, macOS 12.2 version and Dell Latitude 5500, Intel Core i7-8665U CPU, 16Gb RAM, Windows 11 Pro version. Each test series was repeated three times. The arithmetic mean of the results was obtained by comparing the same actions in Luminar AI(v1.5.0) and Luminar Neo(v1.0.0).

Seamlessly mirror photos between desktop and mobile
Luminar Share transfers photos between Luminar Neo and your mobile devices. Once connected, easily find and edit your mobile photos, directly in Luminar Neo. Our photo mirroring technology allows you to see your Luminar Neo edits on your mobile device in real-time, making it easy to share and optimize them for social media.

Preview: Effortlessly remove portrait backgrounds
Using human aware algorithms, Portrait Background RemovalAI cleanly isolates subjects and removes backgrounds with just one click. When needed, edges can be refined quickly. Coupled with layers, this tool enables creators to build unique compositions using multiple photos without the tiresome manual process of masking.

Preview: Context aware, AI driven masking
When opening an image, Luminar Neo identifies many items, like the skies, bridges and flowers. Artists can select and use several of these elements to generate precise AI-powered masks using MaskAI.

MaskAI is truly useful for advanced editing:

  • Accurately control the transparency of a layer for composited imagery.
  • Use a mask to target how a tool is applied, limiting its effect for precise results.
  • Combine multiple AI-powered masks together for complex editing.

Luminar Neo ships on February 17th, 2022 with RelightAI, Presets, Layers and other powerful new tools. Portrait Background RemovalAI and MaskAI are planned for the first free update to Luminar Neo, scheduled for release in the spring of 2022.

Luminar Neo will be available as a stand alone application in the App Store for macOS and the Microsoft Store for Windows as well as a plugin for Lightroom Classic and Photoshop and as an extension for Apple Photos.

To learn more about Luminar Neo and sign up for updates, visit

About Skylum Software
Skylum is a global imaging technology company focused on creating tools that make it easier for creatives to get things done. Skylum’s Luminar platform unleashes creativity through the innovative use of automated and intelligent image processing, which still allows the artist complete control over the final product. Skylum has won the Red Dot Award, Apple’s Best of Year, “Best Imaging Software” by TIPA and EISA, as well as several other top industry awards.

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